servicing macarthur since 1950

Our Team

Our people are our most valuable asset.

We have more than forty members of staff including solicitors, licensed conveyancers, paralegals, and support staff.

The professional staff at Caldwell Martin Cox are available to speak to community groups within the Macarthur and Wollondilly areas free of charge about legal topics of interest to their members. Our most popular discussions have been about Estate Planning (Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Appointments of Enduring Guardians) but our solicitors are happy to speak about any legal topics within their field of expertise and experience.

Contact Jillaine Duve at our Narellan office on (02) 4651 4800 if you would like to arrange for one of our solicitors to speak to your group.

servicing macarthur since 1950

Our Team

Our people are our most valuable asset.

We have more than forty members of staff including solicitors, licensed conveyancers, paralegals, and support staff.

The professional staff at Caldwell Martin Cox are available to speak to community groups within the Macarthur and Wollondilly areas free of charge about legal topics of interest to their members. Our most popular discussions have been about Estate Planning (Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Appointments of Enduring Guardians) but our solicitors are happy to speak about any legal topics within their field of expertise and experience.

Contact Jillaine Duve at our Narellan office on (02) 4651 4800 if you would like to arrange for one of our solicitors to speak to your group.

Chris Paul

William (Bill) McGookin

Jillane Duve

Laura McGookin

Angus Cox

Geoff Lloyd

Senior Associate Solicitor

Email: Angus@cmcox.com.au

Julie Burton

Senior Associate Solicitor

Email: Julieb@cmcox.com.au

Sarah Searle

Senior Associate Solicitor

Email: Sarahs@cmcox.com.au

Bradley Smith

Associate Solicitor

Email: Bradleys@cmcox.com.au

Amrit Mathoda

Associate Solicitor

Email: Amritm@cmcox.com.au

Kaella Martyn

Reta Benjamin

Carolina Munoz

Leanne Anderson

Licensed Conveyancer

Email: Leanne@cmcox.com.au

Partner

Accredited Specialist (Property)

Email: Chris@cmcox.com.au

Chris Paul

Chris Paul was admitted as a solicitor in 1984 and since that time has practised mainly in the Property and Commercial Law areas. Chris joined the Caldwell Martin Cox as a Partner in 1989.

In 1997 Chris became a Law Society Accredited Specialist in Property Law. In order to be accredited as a specialist, Chris was required to undertake rigorous exams in communication, problem solving, client service and of course, Property Law.

Chris manages the Narellan office and is the Partner in charge of the Property, Business and Commercial section of CMC.

Chris is a past President of the Macarthur Law Society and the Rotary Club of Narellan.

 

Partner

Accredited Specialist (Family Law)

Email: Bill@cmcox.com.au

William (Bill) McGookin

Bill McGookin commenced his legal career in 1985 as a Law Clerk and was admitted as a solicitor in 1990. He has worked in the area of Family Law since 1985 and became a Law Society Accredited Specialist in Family Law in 1997.

Bill is the Partner in charge of the Litigation and Family Law Sections of CMC and has a philosophy very much focused on helping his clients manage the difficulties of relationship breakdown in a considerate and compassionate manner and to achieving the best possible outcomes.

Bill is a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, a member of The Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators and has been admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister of the High Court of Australia and as such is entitled to practise in any Federal Court in Australia.

Outside of work Bill is the (volunteer) Chairman of The Right Start Foundation – a local charity that provides much needed assistance and funds to children with Down Syndrome – a keen tennis player and an avid fan of his childrens’ sports.

Jillaine Duve

Jillaine Duve has been a lawyer since 1998 and brings to the firm a wide range of litigation experience.  She served as an Associate to a Supreme Court Judge in North Queensland as a fresh law graduate in 1996, spent 3 years working as a Crown Prosecutor in North Queensland specialising in criminal law and then spent several years living in London where she worked at Clifford Chance, the world’s largest law firm.

Jillaine joined Caldwell Martin Cox as an Associate Solicitor in June 2006 and became a Partner in 2018.  She has practised exclusively as a Family Lawyer for nearly 20 years and regularly appears in the Family Court and the Federal Circuit Court in Parramatta, Wollongong and Sydney.  She completed her national mediation qualifications in 2017 and is a registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner.  Jillaine is also a member of AIFLAM (the Australian Institute of Family Law Arbitrators and Mediators) and the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. She is deeply committed to the principles of dispute resolution outside the Court process but, if negotiations aren’t successful, she’s not afraid to use her extensive litigation experience to steer her clients through the Court system to help them achieve the right outcome for them and for their children.

Jillaine worked hard as a founding Director on the Board of the Bendigo Bank Community Bank in Picton to establish it in 2011 and now spends her volunteering hours at her son’s primary school. She is a long time yoga devotee, plays sport and travels as much as she can.

 

Laura McGookin

Laura McGookin commenced her legal career in 2006. She offers a wide range of skills and experience, as well as a refreshing attitude to ensure that the best interests of her clients are protected.  Laura practices in the area of Family law with expertise in parenting disputes, property matters, family dispute resolutions, financial agreements and all areas of family law litigation.  Laura is a strong and competent advocate regularly appearing at the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and Family Court of Australia in Sydney, Wollongong and Parramatta.  Laura prides herself on her strong negotiation skills which she uses to obtain the best outcome for her clients, whether that be in the mediation process or settlement discussions at Court.

Laura is the past President of the Macarthur Law Society and has a keen sense of community.  She has previously volunteered at regular legal advice sessions at both the Macarthur Legal Centre and the Benevolent Society and is an immediate past Board Member of Wollondilly Community Links. Laura aims to increase legal awareness within the community and often presents at community functions or information days, including Wills Awareness and Law Week events. Laura has presented at Macarthur Sunrise Rotary and is a member of BRAS (Business Relationships At Sunrise).

In addition to her legal qualifications, Laura also holds a degree in Social Science, majoring in criminology and a Masters of Applied Family Law.

Angus Cox

Angus Cox joined Caldwell Martin Cox in 1980 and was a Partner of the firm from 1982 until his retirement in 2016. Angus continues to remain involved with our firm and our staff but is no longer practising law. Instead, he can be often found on any of the beautiful golf courses in the Macarthur, Wollondilly and South Coast areas and loves spending time with his grandchildren.

Senior Associate Solicitor

Accredited Specialist (Advocacy)

Email: Geoff@cmcox.com.au

Geoff Lloyd

Based in the Camden office, Geoff Lloyd is a Senior Associate Solicitor of the firm.

Geoff is a Law Society Accredited Specialist in Advocacy, which involves appearing in all Courts and Tribunals on behalf of clients. In conjunction with his accreditation, Geoff completed a course with the Australian Advocacy Institute. He has had a strong background in litigation, and has more than 25 years’ experience as a solicitor.

Geoff has also completed a course in Mediation – resolving disputes without resorting to Litigation – through Bond University. Geoff has broad experience in many areas of the law, including General Civil and Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury, Workers Compensation and Criminal matters in various Courts in New South Wales.

Geoff holds a Masters Degree in Commercial Litigation.

Senior Associate Solicitor

Email: Julieb@cmcox.com.au

Julie Burton

Julie Burton has been a lawyer since 1996 and brings to the firm a wide range of Litigation experience. Julie commenced her legal career in general practice in Liverpool and then spent seventeen years at the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office.

Julie joined Caldwell Martin Cox as an Associate Solicitor in February 2018 has extensive experience in the areas of Civil Litigation, Administrative Law, Tort Law, Employment and Industrial Law. Julie has also assisted clients in a wide variety of other legal matters in including Estate Planning and Estate Administration, victim’s compensation, debt recovery, Coronial matters and personal injury claims.

After working in the City for many years, Julie is very pleased to be back working in her local community and bringing her  wide-ranging skills and experience to the people of the Macarthur and Wollondilly regions.

Senior Associate Solicitor

Email: Sarahs@cmcox.com.au

Sarah Searle

Sarah Searle has worked in law firms for over 25 years, spending most of those years at Caldwell Martin Cox working primarily the practice areas of Family Law and Litigation.

Sarah now principally practices in the area of Family Law out of a genuine desire to assist her clients navigate through some of the most difficult and challenging periods of their life. Sarah’s realistic and down to earth approach ensures that her clients are well advised as to outcomes and expectations, to enable them to engage with confidence in the legal process, whether that is via negotiation, mediation or in the court system.

Born and raised in Camden, Sarah is extremely proud to be a part of the local community where she has chosen to remain and raise her family. Sarah is also a Board Director (New Generations & Vocational Service) and Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Gregory Hills Next-Gen, a member of South West Networking Group (SWNG) as well as a keen supporter of Camden Rugby Union Club. Outside of work Sarah enjoys not cooking, watching sport and spending time with friends and family.

Associate Solicitor

Email: Bradleys@cmcox.com.au

Bradley Smith

Bradley commenced working in a legal practice in Campbelltown in 1990 after completing high school at St Gregory’s College. He gained experience as a full-time law clerk whilst attending university at night. Bradley was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1997 and remained in the Campbelltown area for a number of years before moving to the Snowy Mountains to establish and run his own law firm over the next 18 years.

Bradley has extensive experience in most areas of law, and in particular property law and conveyancing (including snow leases in Thredbo), business sales and purchases, leasing, estate planning, obtaining Probate and administering deceased estates.

He understands the importance of building relationships in the local community and is pleased to have returned to the Macarthur and Wollondilly regions.

Associate Solicitor

Email: Amritm@cmcox.com.au

Amrit Mathoda

Amrit Mathoda graduated from the University of Western Sydney with a double degree in Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Accounting) and has also obtained his Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice through the College of Law.

Amrit commenced his legal career at a general law firm. During this time Amrit assisted clients in a wide range of matters including property law, commercial law, family law, commercial litigation and criminal law. During this time Amrit acquired a broad understanding of the New South Wales justice system having worked in a variety of Local and District Courts across the Sydney region.

Since joining CMC, Amrit has worked with the Commercial and Property Law team. Amrit works alongside CMC’s Accredited Commercial Property Law Specialist, Chris Paul, assisting clients in a wide range of matters including commercial law transactions, business/ property law transactions, and commercial/contractual law disputes.

Amrit is a self-driven, team focused, results-orientated member of CMC whilst always maintaining a clear focus on high quality service and communication.

Kaella Martyn

Kaella Martyn was admitted as a lawyer in May 2020 but began her legal career in 2005 when she started work as a junior secretary.  She completed her Bachelor of Laws degree while working fulltime and has worked for some of Sydney’s top law firms. Most recently, Kaella has been employed in the community justice sector assisting some of the most vulnerable individuals within the community. This experience has provided her with a new depth of empathy for clients as they face some of the biggest challenges of their lives.  She brings to CMC extensive experience in criminal law, traffic matters, personal injury work and civil litigation. 

Kaella’s long experience in the law has provided her with skills, knowledge and maturity which is unique amongst newly admitted solicitors. She has developed excellent interpersonal skills with clients, is able to identify the needs of a client and will assist them to achieve results that meet their expectations and what is deserving in the circumstances. 

She has now joined our Estates and Criminal Law Teams and is practicing in estate planning, estate administration/litigation and criminal law. She prides herself on her strong commitment to client service and looks forward to providing assistance to the Wollondilly and Macarthur communities.

When she’s not in the office, Kaella enjoys spending time in the outdoors with her family, finding new and unexplored areas around Sydney.

Reta Benjamin

Reta has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Marketing) from Western Sydney University, and is admitted as a solicitor with the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Prior to joining the firm in 2022, Reta worked in a Sydney CBD law firm working on matters in family law and conveyancing. Choosing to focus on Property Law, she joined us at CMC.

Reta is passionate about assisting her clients achieving their objectives and strives to ensure her advice is clear, concise and easy to understand making any complex transaction as simple as it can be.

Bilingual in English and Assyrian, Reta extends her services to incorporate the representation of ethnic minorities throughout her professional and personal life.

Outside of work, Reta volunteers with her church and is the current President of the church committee.

Carolina Munoz

Carolina Munoz joined CMC as a Law Graduate in our Property Law Team working alongside Chris Paul, Bradley Smith and Felicity Hughes in early 2021. Carolina commenced her legal career at a general law firm in the Sydney CBD. During this time, she became skilled in Property and Commercial Law, with a particular focus on domestic and commercial conveyancing, family law and estate planning.   She completed a double degree in a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts majoring in the Spanish language at the Australian Catholic University, and subsequently obtained her Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice through the College of Law.  

Carolina is a highly organised person with an acute attention to detail. She takes a structured approach to ensure all her matters run smoothly and efficiently. Carolina strives to provide the absolute highest level of customer service, professionalism and care with all of her clients.

Growing up in the Macarthur area, Carolina has a strong sense of community and is keen to assist and serve her local community. Carolina attended St. Patrick’s College Campbelltown, graduating in 2014, and still resides in the area.  Carolina is also fluent in Spanish.

Outside of work, Carolina enjoys spending time with her family, friends and furry four-legged companion, Rocco, as well as enjoying good food and the outdoors.

Licensed Conveyancer

Email: Leanne@cmcox.com.au

Leanne Anderson

Leanne Anderson has been part of the Conveyancing Team at the Picton office since 1995. She gained her qualifications as a Licensed Conveyancer in 2007 but has enjoyed working in Conveyancing for over 35 years.

Leanne always puts in extra effort above and beyond her clients’ expectations and has many loyal clients who use her services time and time again.

Leanne is also a Justice of the Peace and a member of the Australian Institute of Conveyancers. She has lived in the local area since 1989, is currently a Director on the Board of the Bendigo Bank Community Bank in Picton and is a volunteer with the Thirlmere Rural Fire Brigade.

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help@cmcox.com.au

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We have Accredited Specialists in:

- Advocacy

- Family Law

- Property Law

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